Long time no see! I thought I could update you on how Malle is doing. But instead of a long caption on instagram you get to read more here.
So in september/october last year I started to notice that Malle didn’t move like he used to. We went to the vet several times and to a physiotherapist, a chiropractor and so on but no one knew what was wrong with him. One vet told me that he never could be a working dog again without expensive care and/or surgeries. That broke my heart but luckily Malles breeder told me to go and see this man that was really good on this stuff and he noticed right away that Malle has a muscle strain in his groin. Now he gets to have ultrasounds treatments and no intense physical activities.
Today we went back for his third treatment and the muscle is starting to respond but since he is an active and intense dog I can’t start training him yet because we don’t want it to get worse again. Imagine having a malinois resting for a couple of months…. yeah not so funny! Somedays he is a real pain in the ass but I can’t blame him for his frustrations. I get to train some obedience (only calm things). So now we’re training a lot on different heel positions like walking between my legs and so on. At least he loves to train with me so that will keep him calm for like an hour or two 😅
I get a lot of DM’s on my instagram if a malinois is a good family dog or not and my answer is always NO. A malinois is a working breed and really needs mental and physical training every day. I can’t imagine getting a malinois just as a family dog. There are so many other breeds out their that will make such a great family dog but a malinois is not one of them. Now when Malle is resting I really get to experience that and let me tell you, we have good and bad days. All I wish for now is a great recovery and that we will be able to start training again this spring but time will tell.